By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports writer, kick442.com Cameroon.
Amateur football clubs based in the North West region of Cameroon have started crying foul as to why they are yet to receive the first part payment of the Covid-19 relief funds.
Despite several announcement made by North West FECAFOOT president as to when the money will be paid, nothing is yet to happen. The most recent date for the money to be paid as announced by the president was Wednesday January 27, 2021. But till date, nothing has been done.
These club presidents despite fulfilling the necessary conditions to permit them benefit from the money, says they have waited for too long.
A club president who preferred not to be named told kick442.com that, he is tired of promises and the delay is making things difficult for him to prepare his team for the season.
“It’s sad that we have had more than 10 dates for FECAFOOT to give us this money. But nothing is yet to happen”
“I can’t conveniently prepare my players and team because I need this money to motivate them. It is frustrating that we are being treated this way”, the club president said.
From all indications, amateur clubs in nine of the ten regions have all received their first part payment of the funds and are now waiting for the second.
What really is delaying that of the North West region? Have they been sidelined or are some individuals parading themselves along the corridors of FECAFOOT’s head office in Yaounde playing games with the funds destined for the North West region?
Another football stakeholder in the region visibly dissatisfied with the way they are being treated questions why the region is being treated this way.
“What has North west really done to Yaoundé?
Two days to the closure of the FIFA system , Yaoundé has deliberately refuse to validate our TMS accounts.
If they don’t want us to be part , they should come out clear. No covid money, no TMS, it’s too much”, he cried.
On July 16, 2020, The Cameroon Football Federation FECAFOOT made public her intention to be as transparent as possible in the distribution of the FIFA COVID-19 special assistance fund. FECAFOOT’s president, Seidou Mbombo Njoya took the commitment during a press conference at the federation headquarters in Tsinga Yaounde. During that press conference, the President detailed to the journalists and media professionals that the assistance which amounts to 1.5million US dollars representing a million dollars assistance for men’s professional and amateur football clubs and 500 000 US dollars for women’s football. Seidou Mbombo Njoya explained that the funds will be used to ensure start of competitions, putting in place of a health protocol for return to stadiums, remuneration of employees, maintainance of football infrastructures and general administrative and operational charges.
With all that in mind and with the North West regional league already launched, how then will these clubs prepare for the season? Who then wants to kill the transparency?
Also, clubs in the region are yet to complete the transfer of players from one team to another because of what they term, “deliberate refusal” from those incharge in Yaounde to validate their TMS accounts.
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